Pick a pangolin out around Brighton and Hove to highlight threat to endangered species (From The Argus)
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Pick a pangolin out around Brighton and Hove to highlight threat to endangered species
2:30pm Wednesday 7th August 2013 in News
Rare scaly mammals have invaded the city centre.
Residents of Brighton and Hove have a unique opportunity to see an endangered scaly pangolin on the streets of Brighton this summer, thanks to a project coordinated by street artists, researchers and the ONCA gallery.
A handful of artists, including well-known local street artist Sinna One, have transformed a number of telephone exchange boxes across the city to highlight the plight of the scaly mammal, which looks similar to an armadillo.
The project challenges the public to find all eleven of the painted boxes in various locations throughout the city.
The trail will grow as artists customise more boxes throughout the summer.
Spray paint artist Daryl Bennett, aka Sinna One, said: “I enjoy painting cartoon images of wildlife, so am delighted to be involved.
“I have permission to paint the junction boxes around town so it seemed fitting to create a fun, street art exhibition trail.
“I hope the project will raise awareness of the potential extinction of the pangolin.”
The pangolin, found in Africa or Asia, is an ancient animal – its earliest ancestors evolved around 60 million years ago.
The project is part of the ONCA gallery’s Making Tracks exhibition running from until September 15.
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